Posted: 10:49 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Georgia’s No. 1 QB to play for Steve Spurrier 

By Michael Carvell

Lorenzo Nunez, Georgia's No. 1 QB, committed to South Carolina (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Lorenzo Nunez, Georgia’s No. 1 QB, committed to South Carolina (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Another Georgia quarterback will get to play for Steve Spurrier.

Lorenzo Nunez, the state’s No. 1-ranked prospect at quarterback, committed to South Carolina over N.C. State after his football practice on Thursday at Harrison High School.

“He picked South Carolina because of several reasons,” said his father, Del Nunez. “He’ll get a coach (Spurrier) that is well-versed in getting quarterbacks to the next level, and teaching quarterbacks to play the position. The relationships we have with Coach Spurrier and (QB coach G.A. Mangus) are tremendous. South Carolina is located close to home, it’s an SEC program, and it has good academics. Those were the factors, I would say.”

Steve Spurrier landed another Georgia QB

Steve Spurrier landed another Georgia QB

Former Flowery Branch High School standout Connor Shaw just wrapped up his career at South Carolina, starting for three seasons and finishing as the winningest quarterback in school history.

“Coach Spurrier is evolving with the game,” Nunez said. “In the past, he’s always had a dropback passer. Connor Shaw was kind of his first true dual-threat guy. Now with guys that can run 4.4s and 4.5s at linebacker, you need a guy who can be mobile in the pocket.

“I think (Spurrier’s) exact words were ‘I’m evolving with the game. In order to do that, I need somebody who can extend plays with his legs. Not be a runner, but extend plays with his legs.’”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Nunez is rated as a 4-star prospect, the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the state’s No. 19 overall prospect. He had very little communication with UGA or Georgia Tech.

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72 comments
parliment
parliment

Even before wayne Johnson more than 30yrs ago, Georgia has never been the place for a black qb...that's why i cant believe i've been a ga fan this this long...i'm pick choosing a team in the state of alabama but damn  aint no better in that area ...ps Shockley,sutton was just a tokens.....WARRR EAGLES!!!!!

hot13dog
hot13dog

I truly love this man. I will always dream of what UGA could have been if he were our coach the last 12 years. This man would have won at least 1 if not 2 National Championships just keeping Georgia talent home. Instead we got squat!!!!!

POAD2014
POAD2014

KC.........KC... I hope Box Score likes the NBA because that is the BEST TEAM in that town....well basketball and BBQ.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Who drafted Boxscore Murray and in what round?

peachstealth
peachstealth

Maybe he should have considered where Conner's older brother, Jabo was quarterback. Jerick McKinnon, their latest quarterback, was just drafted in the third round by Minnesota.

The last play of his college career was scoring the winning touchdown for Georgia Southern against the "Mighty Florida Gators"


BurtAyers
BurtAyers

This is great. No need for the AJC to print a comic section as long as we have comments from Georgia fans to read.

hoodman10
hoodman10

WOw..His father absolutely has no clue about ALL the QBs that spurrier sent to the NFL...wait..None of them amounted to anything.. It's also easier to get in to SC as well.

slydawg
slydawg

Black mobile QB's do not go to Georgia. This nothing but a fact so why even report it?


"...He had very little communication with UGA...."

Columbus68
Columbus68

What QB has Spurrier got to the next level that amounted to anything other than a backup for a little while?  I cannot think of anyone at Florida or South Carolina....know what I mean? 

Adamsran
Adamsran

Georgia is loaded at the QB spot.


Tech had not shot at the kid.


South Carolina looks to be a good fit.


Good luck to him, with the exception of those four games against the Dawgs.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

This kid looks exactly like another Connor Shaw.  Big, average arm, good but not great mobility.  The question is, is another Connor Shaw going to be enough?  Then again I guess Spurrier can only be so choosy.  For whatever reason elite quarterbacks do not want to play for him at USCjr.

whackjob
whackjob

"good academics", I like Vince Dooley's old remark best, when George Rogers went to SC, "you can get in there with a fishing license".  Nevertheless, hats off to Spurrier, holding back the inevitable tide of mediocrity.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

re:

“He picked South Carolina because of several reasons,” said his father, Del Nunez. “He’ll get a coach (Spurrier) that is well-versed in getting quarterbacks to the next level, and teaching quarterbacks to play the position. The relationships we have with Coach Spurrier and (QB coach G.A. Mangus) are tremendous. South Carolina is located close to home, it’s an SEC program, and it has good academics. Those were the factors, I would say.”

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USC-Jr. does have good academics, when compared to Clayton St., but not so much when compared to Baylor or Texas A&M and other schools that could do the same or more with a QB of this guy's talent level.

I guess this recruit and his father don't pay much attention to actual history, especially the actual history that Spurrier has accumulated over 30 years as HC when it comes to QBs that look like Nunez.

I'll just leave it at that and let Spurrier's history speak for itself.

TU
TU

Both Spurrier and Richt have new QB's this year. It will be interesting to see how the two match up when they meet in Williams Brice.


Ihateorange
Ihateorange

Good academics ?? He must have them confused with Southern Cal..  South Carolina and Arkansas are the worst academic schools in the SEC..

keendaddy
keendaddy

#1 qb in Georgia, with little interest from the Dawgs or Tech? I smell something rotten... (of course, it could be the Bag)

BSNBC
BSNBC

Spurrier QB's never make it bi at the next level!   Just like him!

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Check back in two years and see IF this is such a good recruit.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Good luck to the young man! He is playing for one of the best.

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

C-Kirk, isn't it the point of a head coach to win football games at the college program that has hired the coach? Preparing these guys for the NFL is a function of being a successful SEC player. If you root for the Dawgs, wouldn't you prefer the players help win for the Dawgs instead of being an NFL All-Pro? Gotta keep you priorities straight. Go SC!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

4Slide.....because they did not think he was a star.

JaySly
JaySly

why didn't Ga recruit this star QB??? 

Football2014
Football2014

@POAD2014  And yet he will make more money in 1 year than you ever will in a lifetime.    LOSER

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@hoodman10  

A QB who was coached in college by Spurrier actually took a team to the Super Bowl.  

Columbus68
Columbus68

@ConfederateFlagBurner you are an idiot who can grow up any day now...do you even know aythingabout anything?  Much less teams rosters and needs?  Yeah he wuld be made a receiver because if there is noe thing UGA does not need on the roster it is QB's......

Do you remember UGA's last QB?  He just set about every SEC QB record in history.  You might remember the name Aaron Murray? Think UGA has a lot better idea of their QB situation than you who really acts like a immature race hater

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@MikeBanning  


There was a time when Texas A&M and especially Baylor didn't recruit QBs that look like Nunez either. Second, Spurrier has recruited black and Hispanic QBs before. They just generally didn't win the starting job. Spurrier played a Hispanic QB, Steven Garcia, remember? The only reason why Garcia is not in the NFL right now is because of his own off-the-field issues. Spurrier gave Garcia chance after chance. Incidentally, Spurrier was also one of the first SEC head coaches to give top jobs like coordinator and assistant head coach to black assistants, instead of just relegating them as position coaches to focus on recruiting. One of those guys was Charlie Strong, now head coach at Texas after winning the Sugar Bowl at Louisville. 


Also, South Carolina has decent academics: middle of the pack in the SEC. The only thing holding South Carolina back is their not getting the funding levels that a lot of other state schools do (Clemson publicly complained about that a few years back, and the South Carolina politicians responded that if Clemson didn't like their funding levels they should become a privatize institution and raise as much money as they wanted). 


And for the record, "QBs that look like Nunez" don't play often at UGA either. D.J. Shockley was it since Vince Dooley was coach and played a couple towards the end of his career, and he only got 1 year. 

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@Ihateorange  


Surprisingly, this is not accurate. South Carolina is ranked #112 on the U.S. News and World Report list, ahead of Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Ole Miss, plus not far behind Tennessee (101) and Missouri (97). South Carolina is middle of the pack in the SEC academically. 

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@keendaddy  


UGA rarely shows an interest in dual threat QBs, unless it is to switch to a new position like WR or DB. The only reason why D.J. Shockley played at UGA is because he was offered under Jim Donnan. Even 5 star dual threat QBs like Cam Newton, Nick Marshall and DeShaun Watson only get either obligatory offers or will have to consider switching positions. 


Spurrier used to have the same policy, only recruiting dropback QBs, when he was at Florida. But at South Carolina, he can't get the blue chip guys like he could when he was with the Gators. So he is now forced to recruit dual threat QBs - as well as tailbacks, as Spurrier loathed running the football at Florida - to try to move the football, so he won't go back to those brutal offenses when the team used to go 7-5 each year. 

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@BSNBC  


In fairness, only two UGA QBs ever became consistent starters at the NFL level either. One of them was like 50 years ago (Fran Tarkenton) and the second is still seeking his first division crown or playoff win (Matt Stafford). So neither UGA or South Carolina can call themselves "QB U" really.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@WeRunTheEast  

Yes the Head Coach is suppose to win games but not at the expense of the player. Many times the Head Coach forgets that these are 17 to 22 year old kids who are not fully developed. That is why Depth is so important to any team , especially in the SEC.  

67Dawg
67Dawg

@4Slide  Such a thing as scholarship limits.  Other needs elsewhere.  Rest assured the Dogs are going hard after some elite 2016 QBs.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Iluvnutella because he made all his BS great SEC records/stats against teams that were bad or not in the SEC.

67Dawg
67Dawg

@SouthCarolinaFAN @FireSomebody  

Georgia will likely not take a quarterback this recruiting season.  They have more pressing needs elsewhere, and there is such a thing as scholarship limits.  Bobo has already offered one of the nation's top 2016 quarterbacks, and they are evaluating several others.  As long as Richt and Bobo are at Georgia, we will continue to get top talent at that position.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@linuxfanatic

Kevin Murray started at TAMU from 83-86 and there have been other QBs that look like Nunez that have starred at TAMU.

At Baylor they have never been attractive as a program until Art Briles turned them around, but I think under Art Briles this Recruit would do better than he would under Spurrier  at the end of his career.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

@linuxfanatic @keendaddy  Shockley was Richts star recruit to Fla St. & Shockley I believed committed to FSU before Richt left. He then followed Richt to Athens. Since then Mark has fallen into the pattern of UGA only recruiting a certain type of QB. It probably has more to do with the Good Ole Boys that fund Jawja than with Richt himself.. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

MAYBE even less than 300 words. Good luck to the new commit. I guess other teams aren't using Steve's age against yet.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

1980...that is documented. We've all been at the bottom. The Whackjob seems to forget that.

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@ARDawg2000 @ConfederateFlagBurner @linuxfanatic @keendaddy  


If you think that Christian LeMay is a dual threat QB, you are the one with the racist agenda. LeMay is a dropback, pro-style QB. Some black QBs are pro-style (i.e. JaMarcus Russell and Rohan Davey) and some white QBs are dual threat (i.e. Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow) OK?


UGA recruited Braxton Miller, a 4 star guy from Ohio who can't throw? If they did, then that doesn't say a lot for the coaching staff. If you go after dual threat QBs and run a passing offense, you should go after guys who can throw (like Cam Newton and Manziel and actually Aaron Murray) and not the third RBs like Tebow and Miller.

ARDawg2000
ARDawg2000

@ConfederateFlagBurner @linuxfanatic@keendaddy Are you serious?  Lets see Richt and Co recruited Christian Lemay.  They recruited the heck out of DeShaun Watson.  They also recruited Braxton Miller as well.  Get off the whole racist deal. If you would do a research instead of pushing your racist agenda,  you would see they're recruiting black qb's as well.